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Re: Publication of SVG Book

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 2008 20:31:31 -0400
Message-ID: <489A4263.10308@w3.org>
To: SVG IG <public-svg-ig@w3.org>


Having received no negative feedback about publishing David's book as of 
close-of-business on the stated deadline, and with several emails in 
support and positive consensus during the SVG IG telcons, I am very 
happy to announce that we will be publishing David's book as a W3C SVG 
IG Note.

Thanks again to David!

The current draft can be found here:


Several things need to be done to get this ready for publication.  It 
was originally written in MS Word, and converted to HTML by a 
combination of exporting from Open Office and hand-coding.  It needs a 
lot of work to get it in good semantic order, such as applying the 
correct headings and groupings (<div>s) to sections, adding appropriate 
IDs and links, cleaning up the tables and code snippets, adding 
styling-centric markup (hooks for CSS), and other such things.

If anyone wishes to help with this, please chime in... David and I would 
be very grateful for the help.

Additionally, some of the material may now be out of date; a thorough 
reading of content, testing of examples in different browsers, and other 
such review is most welcome, and comments can be sent to this list.

David, is there anything else you'd like to say about next steps?

-Doug, on behalf of the SVG IG

Doug Schepers wrote (on 7/31/08 9:25 PM):
> Hi, SVG IG-
> Most of you are aware that David Daily has generously offered to donate 
> his SVG book, "An SVG Primer for Today's Browsers", to the W3C for 
> publication.  We discussed this during the SVG IG telcons of 7/17 and 
> 7/31, and there was unanimous agreement to approve publication as a W3C 
> note under the aegis of the SVG IG.
> Consistent with our discussion, the chairs will consider this resolution 
> to have passed if no objections are received by 8/6.
> Sorry it took so long to post this, but I was waiting to see if there 
> were legal complications.  It seems the W3C has never had the situation 
> arise where a book author wishes to donate a book to us, so it took a 
> little research and work by our legal team to come up with a sensible 
> and fair policy.  Among the considerations were copyright assignment and 
> author reuse, as well as sub-licensing.  I'm pleased to state that David 
> has agreed to the terms of the copyright assignment, assuming that this 
> group agrees to publish it.
> This is a precedent that I'd like to see more of... it's very helpful to 
> authors.
> Regards-
> -Doug Schepers
> W3C Team Contact, WebApps, SVG, and CDF
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